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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441544/enrichment-of-resolving-power-improves-ion-peak-quantification-on-a-lipidomics-platform
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Kosuke Saito, Yasuo Ohno, Yoshiro Saito
In this study, we delineated the importance of MS resolving power on the ion-peak quantification of lipids using an Orbitrap Fusion instrument and established a liquid chromatography-based, high-performance lipidomics platform. The ion-peak recognition of several lipids in human plasma, such as LPC(15:0), LPE(22:5), and PC(35:0), was clearly improved by increasing the MS resolving power. In addition, we evaluated the impact of resolving power on the quantitative detection of lipids by automatic ion-peak recognition with calculation of the coefficient of variance (CV)...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441329/implementation-of-an-electronic-ionosonde-to-monitor-the-earth-s-ionosphere-via-a-projected-column-through-usrp
#2
Jhon Jairo Barona Mendoza, Carlos Fernando Quiroga Ruiz, Carlos Rafael Pinedo Jaramillo
This document illustrates the processes carried out for the construction of an ionospheric sensor or ionosonde, from a universal software radio peripheral (USRP), and its programming using GNU-Radio and MATLAB. The development involved the in-depth study of the characteristics of the ionosphere, to apply the corresponding mathematical models used in the radar-like pulse compression technique and matched filters, among others. The sensor operates by firing electromagnetic waves in a frequency sweep, which are reflected against the ionosphere and are received on its return by the receiver of the instrument, which calculates the reflection height through the signal offset...
April 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441120/prevalence-of-trachoma-in-northern-benin-results-from-11-population-based-prevalence-surveys-covering-26-districts
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Amadou Alfa Bio, Pelagie M Boko, Yannelle A Dossou, Jean-Jacques Tougoue, Achille Kabore, Ignace Sounouvou, Jean-Eudes Biaou, Lionel Nizigama, Paul Courtright, Anthony W Solomon, Lisa Rotondo, Wilfrid Batcho, Dorothée Kinde-Gazard
AIMS: We sought to evaluate trachoma prevalence in all suspected-endemic areas of Benin. METHODS: We conducted population-based surveys covering 26 districts grouped into 11 evaluation units (EUs), using a two-stage, systematic and random, cluster sampling design powered at EU level. In each EU, 23 villages were systematically selected with population proportional to size; 30 households were selected from each village using compact segment sampling. In selected households, we examined all consenting residents aged one year or above for trichiasis, trachomatous inflammation - follicular (TF), and trachomatous inflammation - intense...
April 25, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440249/innovations-in-pediatric-cataract-surgery
#4
Sudarshan Kumar Khokhar, Ganesh Pillay, Esha Agarwal, Manish Mahabir
Advances in technology have made surgery in children safer and faster. The management of pediatric cataract has made rapid progress in the past decade with the availability of safer anesthesia, newer technique's, more predictable intraocular lens (IOL) power calculation, a better understanding of neurobiology, genetics, amblyopia management, improved IOL designs for preventing visual axis opacification, and adjuvant postoperative care. Modern vitrectomy machines with minimally invasive instruments, radiofrequency, diathermy, and plasma blades help immensely in complicated cases...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439975/scleral-changes-with-accommodation
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Alejandra Consejo, Hema Radhakrishnan, D Robert Iskander
PURPOSE: To assess whether the sclera changes its shape during accommodation, quantify those changes and ascertain whether they depend on age and refractive power. METHODS: Twenty-two subjects, aged between 19 and 84 years old were recruited for the study. Young subjects were grouped according to their refractive power as emmetropes (seven subjects) and myopes (seven subjects). Data were obtained with a height corneo-scleral topographer (Eye Surface Profiler) with coverage area far beyond the limbus...
May 2017: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437963/raman-gain-and-femtosecond-laser-induced-damage-of-ge-as-s-chalcogenide-glasses
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Yan Zhang, Yinsheng Xu, Chenyang You, Dong Xu, Junzhou Tang, Peiqing Zhang, Shixun Dai
Chemical stoichiometric Ge-As-S glasses were prepared, and their thermal properties, refractive index (n), optical bandgap, Raman gain, and femtosecond laser damage were examined. Results revealed that the n and density (ρ) of the glasses decreased as Ge concentration increased, whereas the bandgap and glass transition temperature (Tg) increased. The Raman gain coefficients (g<sub>R</sub>) of the samples were calculated on the basis of spontaneous Raman scattering spectra. g<sub>R</sub> decreased from 2...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437939/exploiting-high-order-phase-shift-keying-modulation-and-direct-detection-in-silicon-photonic-systems
#7
Jie You, Nicolae C Panoiu
A computational approach to evaluate the bit-error ratio (BER) in silicon photonic systems employing high-order phase-shift keying (PSK) modulation formats is presented. Specifically, the investigated systems contain a silicon based optical interconnect, namely a strip silicon photonic waveguide or a silicon photonic crystal waveguide, and direct-detection receivers suitable to detect PSK and amplitude-shaped PSK signals. The superposition of a PSK signal and complex additive white Gaussian noise passes through the optical interconnect and subsequently through two detection-branch receivers...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437755/an-in-vitro-study-of-cartilage-meniscus-tribology-to-understand-the-changes-caused-by-a-meniscus-implant
#8
Sara Ehsani Majd, Aditya Iman Rizqy, Hans J Kaper, Tannin A Schmidt, Roel Kuijer, Prashant K Sharma
Active lifestyles increase the risk of meniscal injury. A permanent meniscus implant of polycarbonate urethane (PCU) is a promising treatment to postpone/prevent total knee arthroplasty. Study of the changes in articular cartilage tribology in the presence of PCU is essential in developing the optimum meniscus implant. Therefore, a cartilage-meniscus reciprocating, sliding model was developed in vitro, mimicking the stance and swing phases of the gait cycle. The meniscus was further replaced with PCU and surface-modified PCUs (with C18 chains, mono-functional polydimethylsiloxane groups and mono-functional polytetrafluoroethylene groups) to study the changes...
April 18, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437650/indoor-to-outdoor-relationship-of-aerosol-particles-inside-a-naturally-ventilated-apartment-a-comparison-between-single-parameter-analysis-and-indoor-aerosol-model-simulation
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Tareq Hussein
The indoor-to-outdoor relationship of aerosol particles is affected by several mechanisms including penetration, ventilation rate, dry deposition rate and sources. Understanding the effect of these factors is essential for a deeper knowledge of the indoor-to-outdoor relationship. In real-life conditions, it is difficult to analyze these factors in a naturally ventilated environment. In this study, a naturally ventilated and an occupied apartment was used to investigate the indoor-to-outdoor relationship of aerosol particles by applying two different techniques; single-parameter analysis and indoor aerosol model simulation...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437430/cerebellar-volume-as-imaging-outcome-in-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
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Matilde Inglese, Maria Petracca, Enricomaria Mormina, Anat Achiron, Rebecca Straus-Farber, Shmuel Miron, Michelle Fabian, Stephen Krieger, Aaron Miller, Fred Lublin, Maria Pia Sormani
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To assess whether cerebellar volumes changes could represent a sensitive outcome measure in primary-progressive MS. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Changes in cerebellar volumes over one-year follow-up, estimated in 26 primary-progressive MS patients and 20 controls with Freesurfer longitudinal pipeline, were assessed using Wilcoxon test and tested for their correlation with disability worsening by a logistic regression. Clinical worsening was defined as EDSS score increase or change of >20% for 25-foot walk test or 9-hole peg test scores at follow-up...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437273/assessing-sensorineural-hearing-loss-using-various-transient-evoked-otoacoustic-emission-stimulus-conditions
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Daniel B Putterman, Douglas H Keefe, Lisa L Hunter, Angela C Garinis, Denis F Fitzpatrick, Garnett P McMillan, M Patrick Feeney
OBJECTIVES: An important clinical application of transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs) is to evaluate cochlear outer hair cell function for the purpose of detecting sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). Double-evoked TEOAEs were measured using a chirp stimulus, in which the stimuli had an extended frequency range compared to clinical tests. The present study compared TEOAEs recorded using an unweighted stimulus presented at either ambient pressure or tympanometric peak pressure (TPP) in the ear canal and TEOAEs recorded using a power-weighted stimulus at ambient pressure...
April 21, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437191/analysis-of-human-tooth-pulp-chamber-temperature-after-670%C3%A2-nm-laser-irradiation-in-vitro-study
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Cleide Regina Alves Carrara de Oliveira, Fátima Zanin, Alessandra Cassoni, José Augusto Rodrigues, Landulfo Silveira, Marcos Tadeu Pacheco, Aldo Brugnera
OBJECTIVE: One of the limiting factors of employing laser radiation on dental therapies is the potential of causing thermal injuries to pulp tissues. The purpose of this study was to evaluate intra-chamber temperature increase on extracted human teeth exposed to 670 nm wavelength InGaAlP laser diode radiation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vitro intra-chamber temperature measurements of 12 standardized human teeth (incisors, canines, premolars, and molars; n = 3) were taken both before and after laser radiation...
February 16, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437115/development-and-implementation-of-advanced-fitting-methods-for-the-calculation-of-accurate-molecular-structures
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Marco Mendolicchio, Emanuele Penocchio, Daniele Licari, Nicola Tasinato, Vincenzo Barone
The determination of accurate equilibrium molecular structures plays a fundamental role for understanding many physical-chemical properties of molecules, ranging from the precise evaluation of the electronic structure to the analysis of dynamical and environmental effects in tuning their overall behavior. For this purpose the so-called semi-experimental approach, based on a non-linear least-squares fit of the moments of inertia associated to a set of available isotopologues, allows one to obtain very accurate results, without the unfavorable computational cost characterizing high-level quantum chemical methods...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436538/longitudinal-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-a-new-combined-score-for-clinical-trials
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Günter U Höglinger, Jakob Schöpe, Maria Stamelou, Jan Kassubek, Teodoro Del Ser, Adam L Boxer, Stefan Wagenpfeil, Hans-Jürgen Huppertz
BACKGROUND: Two recent, randomized, placebo-controlled phase II/III trials (clinicaltrials.gov: NCT01110720, NCT01049399) of davunetide and tideglusib in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) generated prospective, 1-year longitudinal datasets of high-resolution T1-weighted three-dimensional MRI. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop a quantitative MRI disease progression measurement for clinical trials. METHODS: The authors performed a fully automated quantitative MRI analysis employing atlas-based volumetry and provide sample size calculations based on data collected in 99 PSP patients assigned to placebo in these trials...
April 24, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436463/relation-between-molecular-electronic-structure-and-nuclear-spin-induced-circular-dichroism
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Petr Štěpánek, Sonia Coriani, Dage Sundholm, Vasily A Ovchinnikov, Juha Vaara
The recently theoretically described nuclear spin-induced circular dichroism (NSCD) is a promising method for the optical detection of nuclear magnetization. NSCD involves both optical excitations of the molecule and hyperfine interactions and, thus, it offers a means to realize a spectroscopy with spatially localized, high-resolution information. To survey the factors relating the molecular and electronic structure to the NSCD signal, we theoretically investigate NSCD of twenty structures of the four most common nucleic acid bases (adenine, guanine, thymine, cytosine)...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435781/carbon-nanotubes-in-tio2-nanofiber-photoelectrodes-for-high-performance-perovskite-solar-cells
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Munkhbayar Batmunkh, Thomas J Macdonald, Cameron J Shearer, Munkhjargal Bat-Erdene, Yun Wang, Mark J Biggs, Ivan P Parkin, Thomas Nann, Joseph G Shapter
1D semiconducting oxides are unique structures that have been widely used for photovoltaic (PV) devices due to their capability to provide a direct pathway for charge transport. In addition, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have played multifunctional roles in a range of PV cells because of their fascinating properties. Herein, the influence of CNTs on the PV performance of 1D titanium dioxide nanofiber (TiO2 NF) photoelectrode perovskite solar cells (PSCs) is systematically explored. Among the different types of CNTs, single-walled CNTs (SWCNTs) incorporated in the TiO2 NF photoelectrode PSCs show a significant enhancement (≈40%) in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) as compared to control cells...
April 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433880/predicting-trace-organic-compound-attenuation-by-ozone-oxidation-development-of-indicator-and-surrogate-models
#17
Minkyu Park, Tarun Anumol, Kevin D Daniels, Shimin Wu, Austin D Ziska, Shane A Snyder
Ozone oxidation has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment process for the attenuation of trace organic compounds (TOrCs); however, predicting TOrC attenuation by ozone processes is challenging in wastewaters. Since ozone is rapidly consumed, determining the exposure times of ozone and hydroxyl radical proves to be difficult. As direct potable reuse schemes continue to gain traction, there is an increasing need for the development of real-time monitoring strategies for TOrC abatement in ozone oxidation processes...
April 10, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433852/efficiency-of-low-versus-high-airline-pressure-in-stunning-cattle-with-a-pneumatically-powered-penetrating-captive-bolt-gun
#18
Steffan Edward Octávio Oliveira, Neville George Gregory, Filipe Antonio Dalla Costa, Troy John Gibson, Mateus José Rodrigues Paranhos da Costa
The efficiency of stunning cattle was assessed in 443 animals (304 pure Zebu and 139 crossbred cattle), being mainly mature bulls and cows. Cattle were stunned using a Jarvis pneumatically powered penetrating captive bolt gun operating with low (160-175psi, N=82) and high (190psi, N=363) airline pressure, which was within the manufactures specifications. Signs of brain function and the position of the shots on the heads were recorded after stunning. Velocity of the captive bolt and its physical parameters were calculated...
April 13, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433032/ir-spectral-assignments-for-the-hydrated-excess-proton-in-liquid-water
#19
Rajib Biswas, William Carpenter, Joseph A Fournier, Gregory A Voth, Andrei Tokmakoff
The local environmental sensitivity of infrared (IR) spectroscopy to a hydrogen-bonding structure makes it a powerful tool for investigating the structure and dynamics of excess protons in water. Although of significant interest, the line broadening that results from the ultrafast evolution of different solvated proton-water structures makes the assignment of liquid-phase IR spectra a challenging task. In this work, we apply a normal mode analysis using density functional theory of thousands of proton-water clusters taken from reactive molecular dynamics trajectories of the latest generation multistate empirical valence bond proton model (MS-EVB 3...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432306/simple-rectangular-gratings-as-a-near-field-anti-reflection-pattern-for-gasb-tpv-cells
#20
Haitong Yu, Dong Liu, Zhen Yang, Yuanyuan Duan
We show theoretically that 2D rectangular gratings on the surface of GaSb can serve as an "anti-reflection" pattern for nano-gap thermophotovoltaic (TPV) devices, which significantly enhances near-field radiative flux from the emitter to a GaSb cell, thus improving output power and conversion efficiency. The system in this study is a 200-nm gap TPV power generation system with a planar infrared plasmonic emitter and GaSb cell. Rigorous coupled-wave analysis is used to calculate the spectral near-field radiative flux involving periodic structures...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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